A Rush of Blood to the Head

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Like the best rock bands, Coldplay revels in drama. But unlike most platinum-selling acts, their appeal is cerebral rather than visceral -- at times, the band's music seems more suited to cathedrals than rock clubs, thanks in part to Chris Martin's ethereal voice and the sweeping lines that emanate from Jonny Buckland's guitar. Oddly, the portent never seems to weigh down Coldplay's melodies, which sent their hits "Yellow" and "Trouble" from the multi-platinum previous album, Parachutes soaring. On their follow-up, A Rush of Blood to the Head, the quartet largely pick up where they left off, although the disc does have its share of sonic deviations -- notably the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Like the best rock bands, Coldplay revels in drama. But unlike most platinum-selling acts, their appeal is cerebral rather than visceral -- at times, the band's music seems more suited to cathedrals than rock clubs, thanks in part to Chris Martin's ethereal voice and the sweeping lines that emanate from Jonny Buckland's guitar. Oddly, the portent never seems to weigh down Coldplay's melodies, which sent their hits "Yellow" and "Trouble" from the multi-platinum previous album, Parachutes soaring. On their follow-up, A Rush of Blood to the Head, the quartet largely pick up where they left off, although the disc does have its share of sonic deviations -- notably the opener, "Politik," which seethes more than it soothes, trailing angry guitar wails and palpable anger on Martin's part. "A Whisper" traverses different terrain -- Floyd-ian space-pop -- at similarly high speed, its beats swirling like comets across a vast dub-wise universe. Fans drawn to the intimate tone of "Yellow," however, still have plenty of chances to luxuriate: "The Scientist," which is carried by a deceptively simple piano line, beckons ever so softly; the lovelorn "Warning Sign" has a comparably lilting, heartstring-tugging theme. Coldplay may wear a pretty face, but that does not, thankfully, mask an empty head.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
After touring in support of their debut album, Parachutes, Coldplay was personally and professionally exhausted. Frontman Chris Martin insisted he was dry; by the time they closed their European tour in summer 2001, he hadn't written a song in months. The U.K. music press immediately pounced on the idea of Coldplay calling it quits, but somewhere lurked the beauty of "In My Place." The spirit and soul of this ballad allowed Coldplay to pull it together to make a second album. What came from such anguish and inquisition was A Rush of Blood to the Head. Coldplay has surely let it all go on this record. Acoustics are drowned out by Jon Buckland's riveting guitar work, and vocally, Martin has sharpened his falsetto, refining his haunting delivery. It's a strong album; you can feel, hear, and touch the blood, sweat, and tears behind each song, and that's exactly what Coldplay was going for. Co-producer Ken Nelson and mixer Mark Pythain the team behind the blissful beauty of Parachutes allowed Coldplay to make an album that's initially inaccessible, but that's what makes it intriguing. Lush melodies and a heartbreak behind the songs are there, but also a newfound confidence. From the delicate, shimmery classic "In My Place" to the piano surge of "The Scientist," Coldplay exudes an honest passion. The disco haze of "Daylight" and the love-drunk ballad "Green Eyes" are divine examples of solid lyrical arrangements, but "Politik" and the stunning guitar-driven "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" project a nervy edge to the band. Echoes of early post-punk showcase Coldplay's ballsy musicianship. Don't fret -- it's not exactly rock & roll, but Radiohead, Echo & the Bunnymen, and the Smiths aren't exactly rock & roll either, and they're well loved. "Yellow" didn't follow the rock formula, but it sold well, and similarly A Rush of Blood to the Head might not instantly grab listeners, but it's not tailored that way. It pushes you to look beyond dreamy vocals for a musical inner core. Regardless of the band still being in their mid-twenties, they've made an amazing record, and if it ends up being their last, A Rush of Blood to the Head didn't sugarcoat anything. It's a bittersweet design no matter what.
Spin Magazine - Barry Walters
On A Rush of Blood to the Head, the band splits the difference between dance-music ambience and mope-rock ennui, creating a guitar record equally suitable for a lost weekend or a good cry. (7)
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
A Rush of Blood is strikingly wonderful. (A)

On A Rush of Blood to the Head, the band splits the difference between dance-music ambience and mope-rock ennui, creating a guitar record equally suitable for a lost weekend or a good cry. (7)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Wb / Parlophone
  • UPC: 724354050411
  • Catalog Number: 405048
  • Sales rank: 3,329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Politik (5:18)
  2. 2 In My Place (3:48)
  3. 3 God Put a Smile Upon Your Face (4:57)
  4. 4 The Scientist (5:09)
  5. 5 Clocks (5:07)
  6. 6 Daylight (5:27)
  7. 7 Green Eyes (3:43)
  8. 8 Warning Sign (5:31)
  9. 9 A Whisper (3:58)
  10. 10 A Rush of Blood to the Head (5:51)
  11. 11 Amsterdam (5:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Coldplay Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Susan Dench Strings
Anne Lines Strings
Leo Payne Strings
Audrey Riley Strings
Peter Lale Strings
Phil Harvey Band, Group Member
Chris Martin Guitar, Vocals, Band
Will Champion Percussion, Drums, Band, Group Member
Guy Berryman Bass, Band, Group Member
Jon Buckland Guitar, Band, Group Member
Richard George Strings
Laura Melhewish Strings
Christopher Tombling Strings
Technical Credits
George Marino Mastering
Ken Nelson Producer, Engineer
Audrey Riley String Arrangements
Mark Pythian Producer, Engineer, Additional Production
Rik Simpson Engineer
Coldplay Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Art Direction
Blue Source Art Direction
Solve Sundsbo Cover Art
Chris Martin Composer
Will Champion Composer
Guy Berryman Composer
Jon Buckland Composer
Estelle Wilkinson Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rush of Blood Refreshing

    Without a doubt, in terms of overall quality and value for money, this is by far the best output of the Coldplay band. Far surpasing Parachutes in terms of the number of quality songs, Rush of Blood is also superior to the latest Viva album. No small wonder that Chris Martin was quoted as saying that they should stop now while they're ahead. Rush is a good buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Coldplay album

    Probably the best Coldplay album. Ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    Excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For the Nouveau Coldplay fans...

    For everyone that has just discovered the brilliance of Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion with Viva La Vida or Death and All of His Friends, listen to this album. You'll most certainly recognize the favorite hits such as The Scientist and the Grammy winning Clocks and you'll also get to listen to some of Coldplay's best songs. I know this is their second album but I recommend buying this before Parachutes. Viva Coldplay!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Instant Classic!

    Coldplay really delivers in their best album to date, "A Rush of Blood To The Head". From the gorgeous "Clocks," the rocking "Politik," lovely "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face," cool "Daylight", romantic "Warning Sign," genius "A Rush of Blood to the Head", and soft "Amsterdam", this album is a must, and in my opinion, the best album of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Open Up Your Eyes" - and Ears to Amazing Music!

    From the seemingly first cacophony of instruments at the start of the breathtaking song "Politik", to the other-worldly atmosphere of "Clocks", and the melancholy Johnny Cash-like song "A Rush Of Blood To The Head", COLDPLAY has certainly changed the way many experience music. No other words can describe their masterpiece of a second album except perhaps the bridge lyrics in the song "Clocks" = NOTHING ELSE COMPARES. Upon first listening to A RUSH... , the listener may not like every song. But like a fine wine, the taste needs to be acquired and once it is, it's irresistible! It didn't take me long to find a spot for EVERY song in my heart and now I feel as if I know each of these songs individually, like people. Sorry if that sounds odd, but it's hard to explain.... Nevertheless, the album is a mesmerizing array of music that everyone should listen to. And if you think their albums are good, go see them live when they tour again (hopefully soon since they should be releasing their 4th album sometime in 2008!!!!) *Bravo Coldplay!* ^__^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great stuff

    Fantastic album and is refreshing to know that there is at least one good album in the 21st Century. When I first heard "Clocks" on the radio back in 2002, I had to change the station because I almost cried after hearing such a beautiful composition from what was rather an easy piano arrangement. Don't listen to that guy who reviewed before this one, he likes Coldplay too but won't admit it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rush of blood to the dead.

    Look, my friend owns this cd and all I could say after I heard the first song on it was, thats it? Its not fun to listion to, I like the days when rock music was still fresh. This cd shouldnt even be called a rock album because it is not. There is no real riffs. And the so called vocals, hell no

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Instant classic

    If you love coldplay you should also check out stereophonics, another british band. I spent a semester abroad in liverpool and was blown away with the music. So much we never get to hear it is a shame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Rush of Blood to the HEad

    I've been dusting off some old classics this summer (figuratively, since I get most of my music from the iTunes music store), and so after picking up the newest Coldplay album during the Korea trip, I bought their other two albums when I got back to the States. A Rush of Blood to the Head was released in 2002, and I can still remember listening to it countless times on the way to school. I never got tired of it, though the tracks are just that durable. Sure, everybody has heard the two singles, "Clocks" and "In My Place." I'm not saying they aren't quality songs, there just a little typical. Some of the other stuff on the album, however, is nothing short of brilliance. "The Scientist" achieves the same greatness of "Yellow," and "A Rush of Blood to the Head" channels a marvelous Pink Floyd vibe. Unlike the overtly mellow Parachutes, this album is mellow with an agenda edgy, even. There's a thread of bemoaning lost love that runs throughout the entire affair, as well a track or two focused on war and dying. I don't mind this, somehow, so well is everything put together. When I need to escape into a soundscape of soulful vocals and some masterful guitar-work, I know what to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    *****Surreal*****

    After hearing "Clocks" I was absolutely astounded... And the serenity of each song of Coldplay's A Rush Of Blood To The Head is just breathtaking. Most people like rap and all, but Coldplay is one of those bands that just plain outshines everything! Coldplay is like nothing you've ever heard... *****Love yah Coldplay!!!!!*****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coldplay is a survior!

    If you're like me, then you're sitting alone in a dark room with your chin resting on a shotgun muzzle just hoping you'll get a muscle spasm in your finger. Perhaps you have the T.V. on, maybe watching reruns of some Survivor season (with the sound off and Clocks with a skipping on the CD player), but they're no surprise because you've watched them all before... all but the last episode. You always deny yourself that release of know who wins. Because with it, your life will be complete. Then you will no longer need the twitch in your finger to take you away to someplace sweet. And the hope that someone will knock on your door bringing long-sought companionship will be part of the chunks on the ceiling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite band!!!!!!!!

    Coldplay's music is superior to most british pop. It has a unique and amazing sound that makes me feel different than most music does. One day I had clocks stuck in my head, so I started playing it on the piano and Iove teaching people how to play this enchanting song. Once you buy this, you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coldplay are the successors to U2 in all but name

    When you think about it, Coldplay had a serious problem on their hands after their magnificent debut album, Parachutes - what next. For a time it looked bleak. The media pounced on the idea that this excellent Irish band were one hit wonders and that they were on the verge on disbanding. Thank God that that didn't happen. First comes 'Politik' - a seething song not too unlike fellow Irish band U2's early work. 'In My Place' - all you can say is wow and then play it again. It starts off soooo well with the bass and then Chris Martin's chillingly beautiful vocals kick in. You're left mesmerized. 'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face' is a solid follow-up. Then comes 'The Scientist' - basically its Chris Martin's voice coupled with a piano. And it works magnificently well. Another great track which deserves to be played more often on the radio. And now we have one of the best songs I've ever heard and one which I'd safely say anyone who has a radio has heard at least once - 'Clocks'. From it's beautiful start to it's climatic finish, you're stunned. Its a kaleidoscope of mesmerizing vocals and stirring instrumental work. Worth the price of the CD on its own. That's no joke. After reaching their peak on only the fifth track, the rest of the album borders dangerously on losing your interest but thankfully retains it with consistently providing solid work, even if it doesn't compare to tracks 2, 3, 4 & 5. Overall this is a must have. And the best news is: Coldplay are working away at a third album! May many more follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not everyone's type of music, but great none the less

    I have read through all the reviews and agree with most of them. If you know Coldplay you will know of the type of music. Slow to mid-tempo introspective thought-provoking music. If you are looking for rave or hard rock look elsewhere. If you do look elsewhere you will be missing one of the best albums I have ever heard. I listen to tons of music, but buy few albums because I only like a couple of songs. I bought this album shortly after sampling some of the tracks off this site. Some songs like politik took me a couple of listens to get used to, but after hearing it new year's eve live I thought it was amazing. On the other hand the song that got me hooked was "In my place". Even after listening to this album for over a year it will be one I will treasure for a lifetime. A highly recommended title for anyone's collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OH YEAH!

    I love Coldplay. This is the best album ever!!!!!!! Woot! I love the song "Amsterdam".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Virtuoso

    Coldplay surely doesnt sound like a band in their mid-twenties, their musical & lyrical maturity is light years ahead. This is heartfelt emotion at it's non-sappiest best. In 'A rush of blood to the head' Chris Martin says- "So I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war...if you tell me something worth fighting for". Enough said. I can't say which one of their two albums is better, but this album is definitely more intense than Parachutes. At first listen I nodded in favor of parachutes, but now I realise that it was only becoz parachutes is more accessible. A rush of blood... takes some getting used to. But something that is so intricately heartfelt, will unveil itself only after a few listens. Now I can't choose between the two... don't beat yourself trying to decide which is better; both are classics in their own way...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest!

    No one does it better. Starts out with capitvating and provokative Politik. Then goes to the touching In My Place., which smoothly runs into the just plain excellent God Put A Smile Upon Your Face. Then, arguably the best track on the album, The Scientist. Followed by the incredible Clocks. Daylight is amazing, Green Eyes is great, Warning is excellent, so is A Whisper and A Rush of Blood to the Head. Concluding with the great Amsterdam. Get it, it is worth any price!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is great..

    I'm just getting into British rock and I think they're CD is worth every penny you pay. I think the whole entire CD is excellent but must-hears are definitely Daylight, Warning Sign, In My Place & Clocks. If you buy this CD you won't be let down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific, soulful, artsy deep lyrics and excellent musicianship

    I bought it specifically for the great piano solo riffs in "Clocks." Actually disliked the lead singer's voice, and none of the other songs were interesting, either. Funny thing, though, the album grew on me. Especially following the breakup with the first love of my life. These lyrics are poignant, and now I LOVE the whole album. Give it time, listen to it off and on for the next 10 years and more and it may finally jive with your own space.

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